In the increasingly high-profile trance music scene, the royal court is made up of the two Pauls (Van Dyk and Oakenfold). They are generally regarded as not only the top DJs in the genre, but, along with Sasha and John Digweed, the leaders of the DJ world.
It's not surprising, given how Eurocentric the electronic community is, that the aforementioned four are all from Europe. However, Los Angeles-based Christopher Lawrence is, in the eyes of many, on the cusp of cracking that elite group. On this mix CD (in stores Tuesday), Lawrence displays the discerning song selection, alternately smooth and showy transitions and virtually unparalleled ability to create rising crescendos that have earned him the heady moniker "the Trance Messiah."